Antique Corridor Carpet, Bakhtiari Tribes, The Chahar ...

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This carpet is just amazing!
Made especially for a wide corridor by Bakhtiari tribes in the Chahar Mahal region of western Persia, the carpet comprises an ivory ground with a myriad of small scarabs throughout. The main border is in stunning, natural, petrol-blue, also depicting a scarab symbol and surrounded on both sides by beautiful golden-yellow minor borders.
Made circa 1880, this amazing carpet retains its original brocaded ends and is in excellent pile overall with no restoration whatsoever.
Size: 4.06m x 1.82m (13' 4" x 6' 0").

Antique Bakhtiari Carpet, The Chahar Mahal, Western ...

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What I love about this stunning carpet is the fantastic, mid-blue main border which powerfully frames the madder-red ground. The border contains a continuous vine-leaf pattern, symbolising the eternal cycle of life.
The carpet was made during the last quarter of the nineteenth century and is in good overall condition.
Size: 3.00m x 2.22m (10' 0" x 7' 3").

Antique Wheat-Sack ('Tacheh'), Luri-Bakhtiari Tribes, The ...

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This stunning 'tacheh' or wheat-sack was once used for containing wheat but has now been opened-up to show the complete weaving for wall-hanging purposes. Made by Luri-Bakhtiari nomads in the Chahar Mahal region of western Persia circa 1900, the tacheh contains a central, knotted-pile bottle-shape in the centre and what appears to be a large red/green flower. Each tacheh has a different knotted-pile design which relates to the family that made it. The last woven tachehs survived into the 1940s but when plastic sacks and gunny sacks arrived in the bazaars of Iran from the West, there was no longer a need to make them! This one and the others on my website are amongst the last remaining survivors of this lost art.
Size: 1.04m x 1.07m (3' 5" x 3' 6").

Antique Kurdish Rug, Kurdish Tribes, Eastern Anatolia. ...

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This most unusual rug was made by Kurdish tribes in eastern Anatolia during the last quarter of the nineteenth century. With a fairly limited colour palette but with spectacular glossy wool, the indigo-blue ground contains a large red central rectangle containing various symbols including, in the centre, a double-headed birds-head symbol. Emanating from both ends are four smaller lozenges.
Although the colour palette is limited, the two minor borders are highlighted in ivory wool and a stunning aubergine colour is used throughout. This rug, which is in excellent condition, has to be seen to be fully appreciated.
Size: 1.60m x 1.22m (5' 3" x 4' 0").

Antique 'Tacheh', Wheat-Sack, Luri-Bakhtiari Tribes, The Chahar ...

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Wheat-sacks or 'tachehs' in Persian, were used, as the name implies, for containing wheat. Most antique tachehs today have been opened up in order to display and show the complete sack as it would have been made. This is one of my favourites, just recently found in Iran as many antique tachehs are now few in number due to their hard use and then simply been discarded.
These tachehs are what remains of pre-commercial utilitarian bags, made for the nomads own use and never intended for sale. Today, they are virtually gone although a few turn up from year to year.
What I love about this tacheh is the plain, natural-dye aubergine, knotted-pile bottle-shape in the centre of a simple plain-weave background. Tachehs like this one make spectacular wall-hangings and show a lost tribal art at its best on the wall.
Size: 97cm x 97cm (3' 2" x 3' 2").

Antique 'Tacheh' (wheat-sack), Luri-Bakhtiari Tribes, Western Persia. ...

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Wheat-sacks or 'tacheh' as they are known in Persian, were used, as the name implies, for containing wheat - an important ingredient in the making of bread amongst the Persian nomadic tribes.
Antique tachehs like this one, which dates to circa 1900, are now rare as most have been used and abused and then literally thrown away. The nomads had no idea how collectable their everyday utilitarian weavings would become, otherwise I'm sure they would have preserved many of them.
With this tacheh, and all tachehs, the central bottle-shape is in knotted-pile over the plain-weave background, with a woven design filtering from the very top into the top of the knotted-pile section. I believe this symbolically represents the wheat being poured into the container and is thus, the bounty of God. One side of the plain-weave is generally more decorated than the other side. I believe this symbolically shows the bare earth on the right side and the growth of wheat on the left side.
This tacheh has been opened up for wall display purposes. These look amazing on the wall - woven works of tribal art!
Was 1450 - now 1250.
Size: 1.06m x 0.97m (3' 6" x 3' 2").

Antique Bread Sofreh, Luri-Bakhtiari Tribes, The Chahar ...

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I love the powerful side borders which appear to float under the white cotton field of this stunning bread sofreh. Woven by Bakhtiari tribes in the Chahar Mahal region of western Persia during the early 20th century, the purpose of this handsome sofreh was to knead the dough to make the bread. Apart from the white cotton field, the rest of the natural colours are woven in wool and
Size: 1.09m x 0.90m (3' 7" x 3' 0").

Bakhtiari 'Khan' Rug, Bakhtiari Tribes, The Chahar ...

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This rug can only be described as magnificent.
Made for a Bakhtiari Khan around 1880, the rug is very finely knotted indicating that it was given to the most experienced weaver within the tribe. The typical Bakhtiari compartmentalised design is beautifully drawn - not busy as seen in later examples of village Bakhtiari work.
The vegetable colours too are just stunning with gorgeous shades of golden yellow and rich green combined with madder-red and indigo-blue.
When it was made, the pile was cut short to accentuate the clarity of design and today, the overall condition is very good, evenly-low pile throughout.
Size: 1.68m x 1.37m (5' 6" x 4' 6").

Antique Karaja Rug, Karaja, North-West Persia.

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With lustrous, full thick pile and the depiction of four horses, this amazing rug has a deep indigo-blue ground with inscription and dated 1303 in the Islamic calendar, 1885 in the Solar calendar.
All vegetable colours throughout, take a look at one of the close-up photos to see the inner, minor, madder-red border containing colourful stylised chickens all the way round. Charming indeed! The main blue border depicts double-headed sunbirds - guardians of the gates of Paradise. This is an example of a very rare type from the Karaja region of north-western Persia.
Size: 1.60m x 1.24m (5' 3" x 4' 1").

Antique Gabbeh, Lor - Boyer Ahmadi Tribe, ...

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Here is a truly fabulous gabbeh made by the Boyer Ahmadi Lor tribe around the last quarter 19th century. The rug is full of symbolic representation and a delifghtful array of small stylised birds and animals. I love the little tribal woman in the centre with short legs!
Gabbehs are now rare. They were used and I suppose abused, in tribal life as everyday floor rugs and for wrapping up children during the cold winter nights, thus few have survived.
Size: 2.24m x 1.37m (7' 4" x 4' 6").

Antique Kurdish Rug, Sauj Bolaq, Kurdistan.

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The Kurds of Sauj Bolaq produced some of the best Kurdish work up until the end of the 19th century. The wool quality in this magnificent rug is soft and lustrous and the indigo-blue field of small totemic symbols is rich and sumptuous.
Size: 2.30m x 1.34m (7' 6" x 4' 5").

Antique Bakhtiari Rug, Sheikh Chupan Area, Chahar ...

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This magnificent rug was made by Bakhtiari nomads, settled around the area of Sheikh Chupan in Chahar Mahal Province, western Persia around 1890-1900. The stunning indigo-blue field contains a myriad of cypress trees in a 'ghab' or compartmentalised design.
The rug is in excellent condition with a wonderful array of vegetable colours. Particularly powerful and attractive is the main border containing a design of interlinking vines, more commonly found on Caucasian rugs.
Size: 2.13m x 1.42m (7' 0" x 4' 8").